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ID number:  ECM 6230c
Named collection:  The Eton Myers Collection
Title / Object name:  Ibis Mummy Wrappings
Object type:  Textile
Culture:  Egyptian
Date made:  Late Period to Ptolemaic Period (664-30 BCE)
Materials:  Linen; Resin
Provenance:  Possibly from Tuna el-Gebel, Middle Egypt
ECM6230-Dissection slit position.jpg

Largely empty linen bandages that once held an ibis mummy. The bandages, now damaged from a dissection that likely occured in the early to mid twentieth century, were once wrapped as a stylised conical bundle. Within the bundle is still 'mummy dust', which was caused by the heavy application of resinous substances that reduced the soft tissues and feathers of the ibis to this dust.

Bibliography:  For more information, see:

B. Norton 2016 'Gifts for the Gods: Animal votives and mummies in ancient Egypt' in S. Boonstra (ed.) Objects Come to Life, Birmingham Egyptology.

Notes:  These linen bandages would have once held an ibis mummy, possibly intended as an offering to the god Thoth. The Egyptian also prepared elaborate effigies for sacred animals; an excellent example is the Ptolemaic cat statuettes dedicated to the goddess Bastet and inscribed with solar imagery (such as ECM 6522).

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